During the Coppa Italia quarterfinal on Tuesday, AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic defended himself against allegations that he targeted racist remarks against Inter’s Romelu Lukaku, claiming there is no room for racism in “Zlatan’s world.”
At the end of the first half, Ibrahimovic and Lukaku, who played together at Manchester United, exchanged words until the pair had to be held back as the players left the pitch for the interval.
Before handing Ibrahimovic another yellow card and a red after the restart for a foul on Aleksandar Kolarov, the referee cautioned the pair. AC Milan went on to a 2-1 defeat.
The BBC reported that a pitchside microphone had picked up Ibrahimovic saying “go do your voodoo” to Lukaku, an apparent reference to 2018 comments from Everton owner Farhad Moshiri that the Belgian turned down an offer to stay in Merseyside on the advice of a “voodoo message.”
However, Ibrahimovic said on Instagram: “There is no place for racism in Zlatan’s world.”
“All of us are the same race—all of us are equal. All of us are athletes, some better than others.
The Italian Football Federation is expected to decide on the matter on Friday, Sky Sports announced.